Well, here we are and it’s July 9th already. My mind has been occupied with questions like:
Where do I start packing?
Where are we going to have the dog and cat and fish stay?
What country do we fly to first?
Visa…we need to figure out the visa stuff…
We have to be out of our current house July 27, so starting July 25th and going into the 26th we’ll be packing and moving all our stuff into SAMS. I have hired a house cleaner to come in and do the move-out cleaning and the carpet cleaners come the 27th to clean the carpets. We also have to make at least one dump run. So, all that is set, I just have to get off my butt and start packing boxes…that’ll happen. I’m just hoping for a surge of motivation, which may not come until the 25th.
I started stressing out again about where we are going to place our dog while we’re gone and the thought occurred to me that I have not prayed about it yet…so I did. The next day I was talking to a friend who suggested I post the request to a neighborhood page we are a part of, so I did. A couple of days later I received an email from a lady saying they lost their dog about a year ago and have been talking about getting another dog but haven’t quite been ready to take the leap. So, when they saw my add they thought that maybe taking in our dog for a year would be a good interim for them. We met them today, and now Runner is spending the weekend with them to see how he gels with their family. They seem perfect for him and us. I think God may have answered my prayers over and above what I had asked, and I am so thankful! Now, we just need a home for our cat and fish. Any takers? 😉
As I’ve been scouring cities and flights I’m finding that flying from Los Angeles to London is the cheapest rout, by far. So, when I found we could fly all 6 of us, one way, for $1100, I jumped on it. Now we have tickets out of the US–and it now seems like it’s actually going to happen!
I have been looking and reading all about Visas, and I’m realizing it is not an easy feat to get one, even as an American. We have found some countries that are a part of the Schengen territory that will possibly allow us to get an extended visa for business purposes–so, we will explore those routes and hope we are approved.
So, things are coming together…a bit slowly, but I’m ok with that. If anything, I am learning that I need to pray through this and trust that things will come together in the end.
On Wednesday we found out that our church was having their annual garage sale. We decided that maybe it would be a good idea to try to take advantage of the circumstances and see if we could get rid of some of the things we didn’t want to store while we are living abroad.
We called to see if someone would be able to pick up our stuff and sure enough, a truck could come and get our things the next day. This meant we had about 24 hours to decide what we were keeping and what we wanted taken away. Now, we don’t have to be out of our house until the end of July, so this also meant trying to figure out what things we would be ok living without for the next month.We ended up with 4 piles of clothes, furniture, more furniture, and countless kitchen gadgets we have accumulated over the years. The truck came and after 2 trips they took EVERYTHING! It was such a wonderful blessing. My stress levels greatly decrease once that truck pulled away that final time.
So, things are progressing. We have withdrawn the kiddos from public school and signed them up for homeschooling. We have a move-out date for our house and a date of when we will be headed to Europe.
And now, the Great Purge has begun. I expect a great simplification of our lives as we rid ourselves of the items that we have unnecessarily held onto over the years. It feels good. This feels right.
2. Pack up the house
3. Find someone who will watch our dog and/or cat while we’re gone–any takers??
4. Get the carpets cleaned
5. Try to get someone to take over the lease to our car
6. Move in with the in-laws (Grammy, if you’re reading this, can we move in July 26th?) 🙂
7. Withdrawal the children from their schools
8. Submit a homeschool plan to the school district
9. Figure out an online Math program for each of the kiddos
10. Get rid of everything we won’t be keeping in storage
11. Buy Marino Wool underclothes for the 6 of us for the cold European winters
12. Replace the one older suitcase that did not survive our initial trip to Europe
13. Make a list of places we would like to see for the weeks there will be no work
14. Purchase tickets to Europe
I’m sure I’ll be adding more to this list as the time grows nearer!